The 20-track Palms & Runes reaches back to No Myth, a 1989 hit, and goes all the way to Mr. Hollywood Jr. Nearly half of the songs are previously unreleased demos and outtakes. I wanted to come up with something that made sense, says Penn. But theyre also songs I still feel very connected to. Mr. Hollywood Jr., which was originally self-released, adds a bonus disc of live acoustic performances. That album reached the people who were actively looking for it, but nobody else, says Penn.
Still, he doesnt think of the anthology as the closing of one chapter and the opening of another. That happened with the last record, says Penn. I put out Mr. Hollywood without any regard to anything but the music, he says. I was happy to put an end to the corporate music scene.
Sun., May 6, 8 p.m.